Point to Ponder: There are no shortcuts to maturity.
Verse to Remember: “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” — Philippians 1:6 (NCV)
Question to Consider: In what area of my spiritual growth do I need to be more patient and persistent?
[Read More] thoughts on Day 28 of Rick Warren‘s Purpose-Driven Life* including why God is never late, but is rarely early…
I think Rick captures well the reasons for “Why Does It Take So Long?“:
I also appreciate his admonition to “Don’t Get in a Hurry“, but rather:
Definitely words to remember. I started this blog partly to commemorate the dramatic work that God had done in my life, but also to provide an ongoing record of the work God is continually doing, so that I don’t lose heart or forget. I’ve lived long enough to know that I will surely face addition times of doubt ,and temptations to despair, so these memories are ballast to keep me steady during the inevitable storms of life. I pray it may serve some of you the same way.
Prayer: God, I thank you that you are a master craftsman who delights in producing genuine works of art; not a cheap opportunist who does the minimum needed to provide the superficial semblance of quality. True, it is sometimes hard to be the clay: getting thrown, carved, and fired. Yet looking back, I’m amazed at what you’ve made out of a pile of mud like me. Grant me the grace to pursue a long obedience in the same direction, that I may partake of the richness that only comes from vine-ripened fruit. I ask this in the name of the Vine Himself, Jesus Christ. Amen!